Efficiency

At Sappi, we’re not just talking about sustainability and our SDG commitments. We’re taking robust action and making measurable and continuous progress everywhere we operate. Progress that EcoVadis has now confirmed by awarding all three of our manufacturing regions platinum sustainability status for the third time. This achievement places Sappi in the top 1 per cent of companies the organisation reviewed in 2021.
Sappi’s never-ending quest to find new ways to extract value from trees has resulted in unique applications for our Valida line of products. Now, protecting fruit tree buds from frost damage.
With innovation and ingenuity, we're making our mills eco-effective—reducing waste, emissions and optimising material and resource use at every opportunity.
Focused on a Thrive25 sustainability goal to reduce energy use, Sappi North America has also successfully reduced water and steam use at our Cloquet Mill.
Sappi Southern Africa holds a 30% stake in Ngodwana Energy, a 25 MW biomass energy plant at Ngodwana Mill. The plant, which came on stream in March 2022, uses biomass recovered from surrounding plantations and screened waste material from the mill production process. Up to 35 tonnes an hour of biomass is burned in a boiler to generate steam and drive a turbine to generate electricity which is fed into the national grid. Some questions have been raised about the environmental sustainability of the project, which we have answered here.
Talking to Tyrone Hawkes, Sappi Southern Africa’s Vice President for Strategy and Business Development about Ngodwana Energy, a 25 MW biomass energy plant at Ngodwana Mill in which Sappi Southern Africa holds a 30% stake. The plant, which came on stream in March 2022, uses biomass recovered from surrounding plantations and screened waste material from the mill production process.
Innovation is at the heart of Sappi and the innovative thinking championed by our Technical Innovation Awards forms the very foundation of our future-forward vision
Before the Sappi team stepped in, the recovery furnaces were prone to scale build-up at our Ngodwana Mill in South Africa. With their innovation and ingenuity, our mill is now more eco-effective.
We talk to Wynand De Swardt about our transition to solar-powered heating at our Ngodwana nursery in South Africa.
Nanocellulose is a sustainable cellulose fibre that's naturally biodegradable and recyclable in Sappi Valida. Discover how in this FAQ.

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